Preserving spider in a paperweight?

Submitted by Amy Ritchie on 2/16/05 at 4:47 PM. ( Amy@Amystaxidermy.com ) 24.136.154.164

I didn't have a clue where to post this, so I'll put it here. A customer has requested that I preserve his large tarantula (currently in the freezer). He wants it made into a paperweight. You know how you see stuff embedded inside acrylic (I suppose that's what it is?). Is this something that is even possible for me to do myself? If so, I would really appreciate any insight as to how to do this. If this is something that is not feasable for me to do myself, I would like to know who I could send it to to have it done. THANK YOU!

Amy Ritchie

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Clear Por o cast?

This response submitted by Jan Van Hoesen on 2/16/05 at 10:14 PM. ( vanhoese@freeway.net ) 216.93.120.148

I would try using that clear por o cast. Try it on something small first and experiment. Or call Synair and ask them what they would use.
Jan


Some ideas from the archives

This response submitted by Jeff F. on 2/17/05 at 10:55 AM. ( NaturesTrophies@aol ) 205.188.116.135

Try this...
This response submitted by Raven on 08/16/2003. ( Raven@trillium-hills.com ) 24.150.167.36
When my tarantula died I sat her in the egg cup of my fridge and left her for a few months. This basically dehydrated her to the point that I could embed her. get a suitable vessel for holding resin and pour it a third deep. Allow that to gel. Add a very thin layer - say 1/4 deep and place yer spider in that and allow that to gel. This will hold her in place. Then you can add more resin to top it off without fear of her floating to the top or the sides.

Be sure to test your specific resins to make sure what sort of exothermic reaction you are looking at and to see how deep you can go without it going yellow and cracking from the heat. I used a 500 mL (2 cup) container and poured it in thirds and it worked fine. Test before you embed your spider tho.

Also - allow your spider to return to room temperature before embedding her. NAd while in the fridge you may want to brace her over a ball of paper or something so she keeps her shape as shes drying. Without that the legs have a tendency to curl inwards. Also be aware that her abdomen will very likely reduce in size as she dehydrates. If you wish you can simply slice her abdomen open and eviscerate her then fill the void with a ball of oil based clay. Once you have it filled in properly simply crazy glue the split back together the same way you would if she ruptured her abdomen from a fall. Hehe - a lil bit of spider first aid for ya ;)

Hope that helps. I likely wont read this thread again - if I can be of more help - feel free to email me


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